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A school bus parked in an empty parking lot.

How do Kentucky schools support students in the aftermath of a bus crash?

It has been more than a year since the crash happened, but the memories do not absolve themselves easily in this firsthand account.
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JCPS Students Speak Out About "Transportation Disaster"

We heard from JCPS students on their experiences getting to and from school on August 9th, the impact this had on their bus drivers, and more.
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Youth Voice, Authorship, & Democracy: Unpacking Media Literacy with Dr. Renee Hobbs

In this Q&A with The New Edu’s Sara Falluji, Dr. Renee Hobbs breaks down what media literacy is, the importance of youth voice and authorship, and how intergenerational conversations factor in
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When Legislators Won’t Listen: A Student Reflects on SB 150

Students walked out and protested against SB 150. Now, we’ve been failed by a system that is meant to protect us.
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Flowers gathered in memorial for victims of the Old National Bank shooting in Louisville, KY. Photo courtesy of: Matt Stone/Louisville Courier Journal

We Were Impacted by the Old National Bank Shooting. We Need Better Gun Control Legislation.

Following the Old National Bank shooting in Louisville, two students speak to being indirectly impacted by gun violence–and call for change.
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Protestors gather at Kentucky's Capitol to protest SB 150. Protestors hold signs stating "trans rights are human rights."

Senate Bill 150 Is a Step Back Into the Closet for Trans Kentuckians

On March 29th, Kentucky's Republican supermajority voted to override Governor Andy Beshear’s veto—making SB 150, sweeping anti-trans legislation targeting trans youth, law.
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Students at a 2020 religious high school in Burien, Washington hold signs under the cross of their school in support of teachers who were forced to resign because of their sexual orientation. Photo credit: KOMO News

For LGBTQ+ Students in Kentucky’s Catholic Schools, School Isn’t Safe

Prejudice, exclusion, and hatred are subjects they know all too well.
An open drawer of period products, including pads and tampons.

Kentucky schools should provide menstrual products, period.

Senate Bill 55 mandates that all public and charter schools with grades 4-12 have free period products available for students. 
Students of all ages gather on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol, holding signs in support of the CROWN Act.

Student CROWN Act Advocates Rally At Capitol

Organized by ACLU Kentucky and the Real Young Prodigys, hundreds of students across Kentucky joined forces to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 63, colloquially known as the CROWN Act.
A school white board is at the front of a classroom. Empty seats at a long desk are in front of it, with backpacks on the backs of chairs and textbooks spread across the desk.

Harmful Lessons: How Kentucky classrooms can perpetuate violence and what we can do about it

Curriculum violence can be either intentional or unintentional, but it still negatively impacts students and causes lasting harm.

3 Bills Would Increase Student Representation in KY Education Decisions

The three bills enable Kentucky students to hold their schools accountable, and are backed by bipartisan support.
A dark blue megaphone is in the left corner, with the words "BOLD JOURNALISM, BRAVE ADVOCACY" in orange and blue coming out of it. The image is a logo for Student Press Freedom Day on Feb. 23rd.

Kentucky Student Journalists Need New Voices Legislation

Join Kentucky’s youth journalists in recognizing Student Press Freedom Day on February 23rd and supporting the New Voices Legislation.
A red pencil is breaking after it underlines "STRESS," which is written in bright red capital letters on a white piece of paper.

Under Pressure: An essay on school stress and mental health

Immense pressure built into school isn’t consistent with supporting students’ mental health.
A stack of books is on a light-colored wood table. Behind the books, someone lays their head down on the table from stress, with their elbows poking out from either side of the stack.

We Need More Student-Led Mental Health Guidance in Schools

Over 130,000 young Kentuckians deal with anxiety and depression. We need to center students’ mental health solutions in schools.
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Down the Drain: School Bathroom Privacy & Upkeep

This is the first installment of Down the Drain on bathroom maintenance (and who pays for messiness) and school bathroom privacy.
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Down the Drain: Vaping, Vandalism, & Bathroom Safety

This is the second installment of Down the Drain on what happens in a school bathroom besides the obvious, from vaping to vandalism, and bathroom safety.
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Down the Drain: Real School Bathroom Accessibility

This is the third installment of Down the Drain on bathroom policy, from time to actually get to the bathroom to the lack of accessible, gender neutral bathrooms.
In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Young Kentuckians have essential role in realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

Across Kentucky, young people are taking to heart MLK’s admonition from a Birmingham jail cell that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
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The Changing Climate Around Environmental Education in Kentucky Classrooms

How we teach environmental education in Kentucky is crucial not only for our planet, but for the future of our generation.
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Should Sixteen be the New Voting Age?

Today is Election Day and we, as 16 and 17-year-olds, do not have the right to vote for matters that impact us more than anyone.
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